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Man charged in decade-old sex case

A 44-year-old Vermont man, previously found not guilty of sex offenses when he lived in Maryland, was arrested Wednesday on charges of abusing a young girl from 1999 to 2001 in Montgomery County, according to police and court records.

Fernando Antonio Asturizaga, who lives in Montpelier, was being held in the Montgomery jail on $100,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Montgomery police say that, about a decade ago, Asturizaga met the 10-year-old girl while he taught her at a private school in Prince George's County. He began to baby-sit the girl at her home in Silver Spring and a second location in Bethesda, and did so from 1999 to 2001, police said.

"It was during these times that the sex abuse occurred," police said.

Montgomery detectives charged him with two counts of second-degree rape, six counts of second-degree sex offense, and two counts of child abuse by a lawful custodian.

In 2003, Asturizaga was charged with sex offense counts in Prince George's County, according to online court records. A jury found him not guilty, according to online court records. His attorney in that case, Robert Bonsib, couldn't immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.

Police said they want to hear from anyone who may know more about Asturizaga's activities. They said callers may contact Detective Katie Leggett at 240-773-5426. Callers may remain anonymous.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | October 28, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
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Sorry, but an unwilling sexually abused 10-year-old is old enough to obtain help in some manner.

These days, most healthy 10-year-old girls are undergoing nascent sexual urges.

Posted by: clitteigh | October 28, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Dear Clittleigh,

I can't even put into words just how disgusting your comments are. First, you attempt to assign culpability to a 10 year old victim of child abuse because in your sordid mind ten year olds have sexual urges. An adult that has sex with a ten year old, or egages in fondling, petting, or other sexual behavior with a ten year old is a criminal sex offender and the child has no, ZERO, culpability in the eyes of the law or, from my perspective, in the eyes of God.

As for your implied suggestion that the child, a ten year old, should have sought help at the time, the statement highlights your ignorances about sex crimes in general, and child sex crimes in particular. Children are more often than not reluctant to report abuse because they feel shame, fear that they want be believed, and/or fear that the abuser will harm them.

I believe in free speech and you have a right to it, but don't expect others to rush to embrace ignorant statements that suggest you have no problem with child sexual abuse if the 10 year old victim is "willing" to go along.


You wrote the following: "Sorry, but an unwilling sexually abused 10-year-old is old enough to obtain help in some manner. These days, most healthy 10-year-old girls are undergoing nascent sexual urges"

Please take a few moments to read virtually any of the literature posted on child sex abuse. Child sex abuse very often goes unreported because children feel shame and fear rejection.

Posted by: MdLaw | October 28, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Dear Clittleigh,

I can't even put into words just how disgusting your comments are. First, you attempt to assign culpability to a 10 year old victim of child abuse because in your sordid mind ten year olds have sexual urges. An adult that has sex with a ten year old, or egages in fondling, petting, or other sexual behavior with a ten year old is a criminal sex offender and the child has no, ZERO, culpability in the eyes of the law or, from my perspective, in the eyes of God.

As for your implied suggestion that the child, a ten year old, should have sought help at the time, the statement highlights your ignorances about sex crimes in general, and child sex crimes in particular. Children are more often than not reluctant to report abuse because they feel shame, fear that they want be believed, and/or fear that the abuser will harm them.

I believe in free speech and you have a right to it, but don't expect others to rush to embrace ignorant statements that suggest you have no problem with child sexual abuse if the 10 year old victim is "willing" to go along.


You wrote the following: "Sorry, but an unwilling sexually abused 10-year-old is old enough to obtain help in some manner. These days, most healthy 10-year-old girls are undergoing nascent sexual urges"

Please take a few moments to read virtually any of the literature posted on child sex abuse. Child sex abuse very often goes unreported because children feel shame and fear rejection.

Posted by: MdLaw | October 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Mr. Asturizaga will have any "nascent sexual urges" while in prison.

Posted by: vmax02rider | October 28, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

clitteigh


Were you just lacking attention? There are better ways to get it besides trying to justify molesting a 10 year old.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse


"the child has no, ZERO, culpability in the eyes of the law or, from my perspective, in the eyes of God."

I disagree that a 10 year old child has no culpability in the eyes of God. Morally, you can't hold a child responsible for things they can't understand because of their age and immaturity. You can and should hold a child responsible for what they do know.

Isn't a classic example of a molestation when a kid accepts a gift in exchange for permitting an adult to do "something bad" with them? If so, then the kid is responsible for that conduct -- essentially taking a bribe, but obviously not to the same degree that an adult perpetrator would be.

When I was 11, just a year older than the victim in this case, I had to tell my parents that an older boy had shown me a picture of a naked child in a magazine. I had to tell if anyone showed me such things, as a rule. Of course, nowadays you can find that same picture online that the teenager who was about to be drafted showed me --

http://blisted.breakthrough.tv/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/kim-phuc.jpg

Posted by: blasmaic | October 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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